32-year-old Steve Smith from Australia has transformed himself from a spin-bowling allrounder to one of the Greatest Test batters of all time. He made his Test debut for Australia in the year 2010 against Pakistan and since then, the batter has been a raging force in the Aussie batting lineup.

In this particular analysis, we will look at Steve Smith’s data in Test cricket and try to compare and analyze it with data of a few other notable Aussie batters and also batters across the world.

 

A look at data from Steve Smith’s Test cricket career cricket analysis stats data
Smith’s Test Career performance stats

Smith’s performance in the Ashes

Recently, for the first time since 2017, Smith would end a Test with an average below 60. His current marker of 59.87 is still the fifth-best of all time. A batter who dominated the 2017/18 and 2019 Ashes series scoring three centuries while averaging north of 100 in each had to end the 2021/22 edition of Ashes with an average of 30.5 along with no hundreds to his name. In contrast to the 774 runs scored in the 2019 Ashes, the batter managed only 244 runs in this edition of the series.

Smith is now outshone by his teammate, Marnus Labuschagne, if we consider a minimum of 10 Test matches played by any player after the 2019 Ashes, with a Test batting average of 69.04. Smith still contributed to Australia’s remarkable series win with a 93 at Adelaide to help the Aussie set a score above 400 while skippering the side with Pat Cummins self-isolating.

Also, if we look at Smith’s current dismissals, he is usually dismissed by the ball which moves away, and also gets strangled down the leg-side by balls on his hip. The main reason behind this flaw could be his nursed back and elbow injuries which could have affected his batting.

A look at data from Steve Smith’s Test cricket career cricket analysis stats data
Smith’s performance stats

Steve Smith’s stats speak

Smith’s stats tell us that the batter has scored most of his career runs in the Ashes since 2010. He has more than 3000 runs scored in Ashes along with 11 centuries under his name. His batting average of 72.58 in the Border Gavaskar Test series against India is also incredible. Also, the batter has the best averages in both the series as compared to the legend Ricky Ponting and the Aussie left-handed batter, David Warner. Although his peak time in Test cricket was during the span 2013-19. He scored almost all his centuries during this period in 67 Test matches.

According to Chris Drovandi, an associate professor of Statistics at the Queensland University of Technology, looking at an average is a common way of ranking, but it does have flaws such as comparisons of current players to batters who used to play decades ago do not take into account factors such as – the quality of opposition, the number of matches played or the pitch conditions which may make batting much more difficult. Dr. Drovandi compared the averages of Aussie batters to the era they played in and it was found that Smith’s records have reached heights while it was also found that the batter is scoring at a much faster rate than other modern batters.

A look at data from Steve Smith’s Test cricket career cricket analysis stats data
Smith’s performance stats

Also, the biomechanics of Smith’s batting action allows him to pounce on balls and score faster, which makes him vulnerable early in the innings. Also, covering his stumps, he has a better sense of balls he could leave and the ones he needs to leave. Thus, enabling him to play balls from outside the line of the delivery.